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IT security lacking in companies, agencies

Published onsdag 2 februari 2011 kl 10.53
External hard drive. Photo: Scanpix

Swedish companies and government agencies often rent space in external databases to store information about clients or company strategies but according to the Swedish Fortifications Agency this could be a serious problem.

The agency monitors IT security in companies and government institutions every year and make sure that the suppliers can properly deal with classified and sensitive information. In their latest survey they found that many companies expose themselves to serious risks by using suppliers in foreign countries.

States or foreign companies often own of have strong connections to these databases and there have been indications that they can access company secrets.

Russia, China and Iran are known to tap into external hard drives to spy on companies and people. But countries like the UK, France, India and Germany also use the technique.

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